Tweeter In-Chief

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January 10, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013

 

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What’s all the hub-bub about?

 

George Washington was too pre-occupied with renovating his Mount Vernon country estate. Thomas Jefferson pursued so many hobbies it was unclear which, if any, was his actual vocation. This included the presidency. John Kennedy had so many dalliances with women not named Jackie that his staff actually feared he would die soon and in a very unflattering, compromising position. Dwight “D-Day” Eisenhower became so obsessed with his own golf game that he would actually end staff and cabinet meetings early so he could” knock a few” before the sun went down. George W. Bush began painting portraits in earnest while still occupying the White House and President Obama has always been “love-struck” over the NBA for as long as he can recall.

And now, President-elect Trump tweets.

A lot.

Boy, does he tweet.

He tweets more often than an NYC taxi-cab driver yells “get outta my way” and faster than you can take the elevator from the ground up to the Trump Tower penthouse suit.

 

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and my elevator is fast. really fast.

 

And his range of “tweetable topics’ knows no bounds.

Whether he’s calling Rosie O’Donnell a “fat, no good slob,” Meryl Streep “a hopeless lefty has-been,” or tweeting about the alleged Russian hacking “Time to move on,” the Hamilton play “Not a good play, a bad play,” or weighty policy subjects, “Make America Great Again means not moving jobs to Mexico,” or the promised wall, “We will build the wall and Mexico will pay for it,” he is by far the most (only?) prolific presidential tweeter we’ve ever had.

 

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He said what about me?

 

And he isn’t even sworn in yet.

So, the real question becomes, is all this tweeting a good thing?

Mr. Trump clearly has disdain for, contempt for, even hatred for the so-called mainstream media. He isn’t just convinced that outlets like The Washington Post, The NY Times, the Chicago Tribune, CNN or MSNBC completely get “it” wrong. He is adamant that “they” have it in for him and are and will continue to do everything “they can to smear, sabotage and destroy him, his policy promises and his followers.

That level of paranoia seems to render former presidential-paranoid in-chief Richard M. Nixon simply a guy who from time to time fretted a bit.

 

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And the world said I was paranoid. Haters, all.

 

On the other hand that holds the presidential tweeting thumb, Mr. Trump faced unrelenting criticism, mocking and historically inaccurate polls from this mainstream media, was “honored” by Newsweek and Time with magazine covers of a close-up of his face with the headline “Loser” on both. And there was that rather inconvenient truth about then-CNN contributor and now-DNC head Donna Brazille cheating by providing the Hillary campaign with debate questions prior to the debate. He was also interrupted by moderators on an average of 4 times as much as his rival Hillary Clinton during the televised debates when he had not yet used up all of his allotted time.

And this isn’t even bringing up the whole Megyn Kelly-Trump grudge match.

 

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He has tweets coming out from his, well, from everywhere.

 

But still, despite what his Senior Advisor and communications guru, Kellyanne Conway calls “Mr. Trump’s master tweeting strategies,” many folks from all political stripes remain concerned that all of this tweeting makes for a very chaotic, uncertain and irresponsible approach to governing at the highest level and office in the land.

Which seems to be exactly what the president-elect wants.

For reasons that may still only be known to him, all of this chaos and unpredictability seems to work for him and against his opponents.

 

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Chaos, not just a theory anymore?

 

And his tweet timing couldn’t come at a more propitious moment in our nation’s media history.

Polls (if you can trust such things) indicate that a vast majority of Americans do not trust the media, believe that as a collective whole “they” are biased and don’t just get facts wrong but actually fabricate and lie to push forward their own political aims and agendas.

How to avoid, evade and do an end-run around all of this perceived bias and unfair treatment?

Tweet. Tweet to your presidential heart’s content.

Of course, the question remains.

Is all of this tweeting a good thing?

 

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One small tweet at a time. What could it hurt?

 

One thing does seem to be certain. The president-elect, soon to lose the “elect” tagline, shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down his tweet machine.

Gotta go now, I am getting a text from someone called “the Trumpster.” Seems he wants to weigh-in on this blog. Now that my friends is what we call a “New York minute.”

 

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It wasn’t supposed to be this way. OMG, and he tweets, so often.

 

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40 thoughts on “Tweeter In-Chief

  1. India Wilcox says:

    First off- this post was hilarious!! And the photos! Too funny. On a serious note I feel Trump’s tweeting just shows the public how he feels about things. In a way, it lets us know what he is really thinking so I feel he is using this weapon called “Twitter” against himself. But honestly all this tweeting and vulgarity is not professional for our president elect. I feels like a roller coaster ride with this guy. I don’t know maybe this is the new generation we live in know and this just may be the beginning of a new change for the American people and we are the ones who “just need to jump on board” or “get with the program”. I guess my answer to “Is Trump’s tweeting a good thing?” would be…I really cannot see where it is all that bad, at least at 70 years old he knows what twitter is…I suppose.

    • Now that is a good point India! He is a savvy tweeter 70 year old. My parents fret about using that “internet thing” sometimes referred to as “emails.”

    • Sharon Pyles says:

      I like that you are attempting to put a positive spin on his use of Twitter at 70 years old. Silver linings are always a good way to go, LOL. I do wish he’d lose his phone every once in awhile though.

    • Scott Blount says:

      India, I agree all of these tweets and the nature/tone of many of them seems a bit below the presidency of the United States. Some of Trump’s behavior has been downright funny and entertaining to me, and I giggle just about every time I see one of those red “Make America Great Again” hats. Many folks on the right, including Trump on the campaign trail, have bemoaned America’s drop in stature over the past 8 years and what they deem as a lack of respect for a weak Obama. I just don’t think the narcissistic, thin-skinned tone of his tweets project strength, and quite the contrary, they’ve made him a punch-line. I’m pulling hard for the guy because if he fails across the board-jobs, foreign policy, etc.-the people suffer, and he goes back to being a billionaire with a lavish lifestyle. So, “Is Trump’s tweeting a good thing?”…I’m going to have to say no.
      Scott

    • J.Lambert says:

      Many people these days find managing their social media such as twitter addictive. I even heard a popular pastor say that he loves twitter, is up late tweeting and encourages his congregation and visitors to tweet him. He promises that he will respond at least once to every tweet that he receives. Trump is a product of our social media addicted culture and seems to relish from attention and so it is not surprising to me that he tweets incessantly about the things he does and the way he does, especially since he has no prior political experience either. And on top of that since his ratings, popularity and eventually votes seemed to increase the more he made many of his tweets, he seemed to decide that his tweets were actually beneficial to him and his assent to the White House. The “Tweeting Trump” phenomena is more telling of the American society that has evolved in modern times. Some of us can remember how things use to be not that long ago and that though this phenomena is popularized now, it would not have been tolerated nor encouraged in times past. How did we get to this point? And will modern politicians adopt the “Tweeting Trump” phenomena trend in the name of votes, ratings and popularity? How will the future of politics and elections change or will it as a result? Hmmm…

  2. Obediah E. Hall says:

    He has already used the Tweeter platform to threaten businesses as well as disparaging recently Rep John Lewis, not too mention he says he will use his Tweeter platform to call out Congressmen/women who do not “toe the line.” The problem I can see and some have voiced is when his press secretary is giving an official briefing on an issue, indicating one opinion while at the same time PEOTUS is tweeting a completely contradictory opinion. A recent break down of who was actually tweeting when showed Mr. Trump usually tweeted from 3 am till close to noon and those tweets were the ones most incendiary, while the other tweets were from campaign staff and usually were typical boiler plate things like Get out to vote, announcing rallies, etc. While I can see where the Tweeter platform may make him seem more accessible it also leaves him open for making egregious mistakes, his retweet of false crime statistics from a right wing extremist account come to mind, many of his supporters either don’t care or won’t waste their time to verify the “facts.” Facts as a recent interview on Meet the Press with the WSJ editor stated are a matter of interpretation and this is the new world we have to look forward to.

  3. Lexis Lloyd says:

    I always enjoy how timely and relevant these blog posts are! The pictures definitely added a nice touch as well! Social media platforms certainly have their pros and cons. If they are used appropriately, then they can serve a beneficial purpose. The posts have the capability to be timely and informative to help the community. However, if social media platforms get in the wrong hands, then they have the potential to be disruptive. Case and point, Trump. Our President seems to have enough time on his hands to tweet his feelings. He took his thoughts to the internet when it came to the SNL dilemma. He should be more concerned with our future and how he can make a difference as opposed to tweeting his feelings like a teenage boy. I think Trump needs to focus on more important issues at hand and leave the tweeting to an assistant.

    • Sharon Pyles says:

      I so agree with you Lexis, let someone else do the tweeting – he needs to focus on being President. It’s not a game or a reality TV show. His actions and decisions will affect Americans and the World not just in the next 4 years but in years to come.

    • Bettina Durant says:

      I would have to agree with your post. It is my hope that after the inauguration the communication team will take over the tweeting. I wish I was brave enough to tweet him to say that I am more concerned about national security than I am about his ability manipulate 140/141 characters. Sorry, I don’t tweet much and I am not well versed in the “Twitterverse” character requirement.

    • Scott Blount says:

      Lexis, I agree with your sentiments…but on the bright side, for a big SNL fan like myself, Trump is a goldmine! The skit material he’ll provide on a weekly basis will take lots of pressure off SNL’s writers! 🙂
      Scott

      • Lexis Lloyd says:

        One of my favorite skits now! Alec Baldwin has Trump down to a tee! His facial expressions and hand gestures crack me up! President Trump definitely gives Baldwin a lot of material to work with!

  4. Sharon Pyles says:

    This was a great post, very entertaining and yet enlightening as well. I like that you provided some evidence that reinforces his mistrust of mainstream media, even though I do agree that his level of paranoia rivals Tricky Dick. And yet, he does not double check his information prior to tweeting, thus he is guilty of committing the same sins that he feels the media is committing against him.

    Is all of this tweeting a good thing? It has obviously worked out pretty well for him. The actions he is taking now with Twitter, are the same that he utilized during the campaign, and he is now PEOTUS. As for me, I don’t think its a good thing. I find it very annoying, exhausting, and unprofessional. Even bordering on bulling in many instances. His tweeting does present a very chaotic, uncertain, and irresponsible approach. And my question is: How long can the American people deal with this chaos?

    On Friday, January 13th, Gallop released a new poll that indicated Trump has the lowest approval rating of any incoming President since 1993. His approval rating is at 40% and the next lowest approval rating was for G.W. Bush at 62% when he took office in 2001.

    One thing is for sure, if nothing changes after he actually takes office, then he will continue to use Twitter as his own personal means of communication as POTUS with the American people. Not something to look forward to, in my opinion.

  5. Cory Harbinson says:

    This was a very humorous post! I do believe that Donald Trump is in fact actually tweeting himself, as opposed to an administrative assistant or “right hand man.” Twitter is not anything that should really be taken into full account because at the end of the day, it is just a form of social media coming from one person. No matter the source, I believe you should always check facts before assumptions are made. But with great power, comes great responsibility, he needs to be more professional in how he expresses himself to the public in the form of twitter, facebook, etc. Now that President-Elect Trump will have access to the official twitter account of the @POTUS, I still believe he will be using his personal account for his own humor and twitter beef wars. And if he does start to use the @POTUS account, every tweet will more than likely be screened before being sent, which would limit his ability to “bash” or feud with others.

    It will be interesting to see how he handles himself once he’s actually in office!

    • Scott Blount says:

      Cory, I would hope that his tweets will be screened, but barring threatening nuclear war with Russia or China, I’m skeptical. I waited throughout the campaign, especially towards the end when he and Hillary were so close in most polls, for someone in his inner circle to successfully make the case to him that he’d do himself more harm than good on Twitter. However, for a guy who claimed he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue in NYC and still not lose votes….I’m thinking he became thoroughly convinced that his own instincts on what to say and tweet (no matter how outrageous) were proving he had the Midas touch in political communication strategy. After shocking the world and winning the election, I suspect Trump will only be more emboldened to do things his way.
      Scott

  6. No, absolutely not…the Tweeter-in-Chief’s constant whiny tweets are most definitely not a good thing. With the Office of the Presidency comes a responsibility to put Country first and to conduct yourself in a professional, mature manner. President-elect Trump’s (ugh…it pains me to type that!) barrage of whiny, crass, and/or bullying tweets reminds me of a pubescent middle school boy. I am embarrassed that the next president of these (already) great United States does not possess a semblance of self-control when it comes to ranting on Twitter. I can only pray that when he raises his right hand and takes the Oath of Office on Friday that he has a revelation about the importance and significance of the position he is assuming and that he begins to act accordingly. If this does not happen, then I will pray that Twitter decides to reduce the Trumpster’s character limit from 140 to 1.

    May God Bless America, and may Donald Trump forever lose his phone!

    • Toyia Barnes says:

      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this response. May God Bless America, and may Donald Trump forever lose his Twitter account! I agree. Donald Trump is not acting professional at all. I hope he learns it sooner than later. He really needs a course in self restraint.

  7. Mathew Lowery says:

    I look at the use of Twitter by any President as a double edged-sword. I understand the concern that the media is not always fair and honest and to have a platform that provides a direct line of communication to the citizens of the country could serve as a great resource. However, the use of Twitter by the President elect is not the issue, its how he uses it that is. To be frank, I could care less about Mr. Trumps opinions on Meryl’s acting chops as much as I would be interested in a clear and detailed foreign policy plan. The use of Twitter by a President could serve as a great communication tool, not only to U.S. Citizens, but to other countries and their leaders. You know the old saying “Its the indian, not the arrow’? Twitter is a very sharp arrow, it just doesn’t seem as though the Indian is as sharp…at least in regard to his communication skills.

    Could you maybe, possibly, detail what your involvement in Syria will be instead of telling me thoughts about the cast of Saturday Night Live? Please? Asking for a friend…7 billion of them.

  8. Ryan Spires says:

    A couple of thoughts – three huge ones are 1. My President tweets out to blast SNL like I comment on an anti-vaccination post from a former girlfriend and 2. Surreal imagery of the 2017 POTUS retreating to Camp David to eat Mcnuggets. 3. The Matrix version of George Wallace thinks he’s giving out red pills on a TV show.

    There’s a lot of weird in American politics right now. Between the base of the GOP becoming increasingly more vocal and populist, the alt-right has used “meme magic” to enter national political discourse. (Most disappointing for me right now is a group of people dropping memes of Anti-Semitic quotes without context are now a rising political group) And now it seems for the first time we get a very wrong candidate under a some very “right” conditions – someone who spent less money and won and someone who receives reciprocity in their social media interactions. A victory on the wishlist of Paulbots and Berniebros everywhere, special interests have (directly, although arguably had less reason depending on one’s view of Trump’s brand of capitalism) lost a little bit of momentum going into the 45th POTUS. We hated special interests, the money in politics, and we believed our leaders were too old and out of touch. (AARP has an app too, ya know!)

    I imagine the type of delusional self-reflection that goes into him approaching his phone each morning. Similar to his recent press conference where he reminds the press how little they report what/how he desires, he reminded the room about the amount of people rallying around to hear him speak. Carefully choosing his message and playing with his punctuation, PEOTUS Trump chooses to respond to SNL with equal effort that he’d respond to criticisms of AFP. And before the whole story of Russian-Trump ballets could finish its cycle (in the era of 24hr news no less!), he has already figured out the best way to deny – 1) address the issue directly and 2) “lugenpress.”

    Perhaps the most terrifying part of this isn’t the refocus on populist policies or meme magic bringing a reality TV star as the leader of the free world – but the direct focus to a large and vicious audience that they’re directly being manipulated in the interest of “liberal” policy/order (often dispelled by your grandma’s FB post). “Lugenpress” became a trending topic on Twitter, and FAKE NEWS became the money-making hobby of mildly tech savvy aspiring satirists that became a complicated blanket term that the public also lost a grip on. If meme magic and apolitical “moderates” who believed Hilldog and the Trumpster were equal evils brought the Trumpster to the Oval Office, who let them? And what does it say about a population of anti-war liberals (mostly quiet during a plethora of drone strikes and the Obama doctrine) who will now rise to the occasion? Can they overcome memes and

    LP Hartley once wrote that “The past is a foreign country.” Trump wants to ‘Make America Great Again,” but his love for technology, modern capitalism, and himself lead me to believe he isn’t talking about stopping the forces of automation and globalism with Tweets alone.

  9. Toyia Barnes says:

    Make it stop, please. Many analysts call his tweeting narcissistic. However, I believe his overall behavior has shown his narcissism. Needless to say, it has been reported that even Trump supporters want Trump to stop tweeting. Some are beginning to regret their votes because he is not acting presidential enough (Blake, 2017). One of the scary parts to his never ceasing tweets is the negative press he is receiving from other countries. Some are funny. Overall it is an embarrassment. Have you seen the video of the guy who slept through 2016 to find out Trump is the President of the U.S. His tweets are a constant reminder of what cyber bullying looks like. Although I am NOT a Trump supporter, I do recognize, as you did, some of the unfair treatment he endured during the course of the campaign. However, there is a way of dealing with unfairness without taking it to tweeter and saying things that are offensive. I am reminded of a quote by Martin Luther King, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”. Donald Trump can learn a lot from this one quote. Until then, please delete his Tweeter account.

  10. Zack Saunders says:

    As with everything, there are two sides to this, but the good news first. A Tweeter-In-Chief has many benefits. First, social media is a primary mode of communication, especially among millennials. If you ask most people in their 20’s and 30’s how they found out important news like the election results, Cabinet appointments, etc. they will not answer CNN or Fox News, but Facebook and Twitter. In addition to this, a president who is active on social media has the potential to engage one of the least involved generations in history. A leader who can begin a conversation on politics or even values could awake a sleeping giant.
    Now the bad news. Temperament. Professionalism. Decency. None of those words are guaranteed with Mr. Trump. As leader of the free world, it is a true statement to say that you are held to a higher standard. So, insulting and degrading Hollywood actors and flippantly posting your personal thoughts on current events is not appropriate for someone in that position. “With great power comes great responsibility.”
    P.S. Hamilton a good play, not a bad play.

  11. E. Slater says:

    I have been commenting on now-President Trump’s tweets for some time now. I am conservative, and while he was not my top choice for President, I am still hopeful that the country will prosper under his presidency and that he does a good job. I, however, do not believe that the tweets are helping this effort in any way. Two days ago I had a discussion about this with a colleague. His belief was that twitter is the way some people (many, really) get their news, like it or not. He says that the President, along with all people in elected office, should be able to tweet or post on some kind of social media. I couldn’t agree more. But my agreement stops when the person who is doing the tweeting does so in a contentious and negative manner. My opinion is that once you take public office, you lose the right to immediately pop off about any random subject that you feel the need to. The problem with twitter, and social media in general, is that it is so quickly accessed for posting that people don’t take a minute to think about what they’re actually saying. I believe elected officials should be active on social media, because reading social media outlets is certainly how many citizens choose to spend their time. But I believe that their posts should be informative and thoughtful, even in 140 characters. How diverse and great of a leader one could be if in 140 characters that person could say something with true meaning.

  12. Chad Thomas says:

    A very humorous look at a very telling character flaw. Even the most experienced professionals get trusted associate(s) to review and edit their work before blasting it out as a finished product. Not so in this case! But I really wish his close friends would hack his account and clandestinely help this poor guy out.

    Is his twitter strategy sound? For a petulant child seeking attention, it would be. For the President of the United States, it is most certainly lacking in many respects.

    Indeed we are in the information age and connectivity and spitballing has become the norm. It is good to see an embrace of technology and a willingness to be spontaneous (if only so the general public can get a sense of one’s inner character).

    Investment in a social media staff would be in order…but then we would miss out on those creative memes and good laughs!

    • Morrisa Rogers says:

      If his tweeting habits moved him for presidential candidate to nominee to president should he really change his strategy? Unconventional though it may seem the total package worked. I am thinking his PR/media staff have changed their strategy and adopted his.

      • Chad Thomas says:

        I am not sure that his twitter habits can be credited for his rise to the presidency. We would have to look elsewhere to give credit for that causal factor(s). Some may have to look inward while others look outward.

        Even so, most parents would chastise their children for equivalent behavior on any media platform (social or otherwise). If his habits are to be the norm for the office of the President, as you may be suggesting, and all other offices follow suit…well, you get the idea!

  13. Joshua says:

    I believe that people are not so much concerned with his vast amount of tweeting, it is the vast amount of his horrible choices to attack others. No one can argue that our new President revolutionized Twitter in politics and as he says, “by passed the crooked media”. He uses Twitter as a vehicle of communication to get directly to the people; great job, right? WRONG, as Donald Sterling (Denounced LA Clippers owners) taught the world, that private thoughts of such a public figure can be troubling. Apparently, Trump did not get that lesson and the worst, he does not feel the need to obtain it because he won enough votes to win the presidency. Trump: I AM RIGHT, KEEP TWEETING!!! So should Trump use Twitter; YES! However, he should use it for two other A-words, ACTION and AWARENESS, NOT ATTACKS. The other issue is Twitter not only promotes his horrible choices but also his temperament which is out of place with the norm for a president. Is all the tweeting good? NO, not this way and in the essence of the word “all” embedded in the question, “all” will never be good when he is sure to have greater priorities than keeping the media honest. Sorry to go over 140 characters!!!

  14. bwgulnick says:

    This blog post was very comical haha! I think we all can agree that Trump goes too far with his tweeting. Maybe they will slow down now that he is officially the president. If he has time to tweet like that now then we are in trouble lol. But on another note, I do like some of his tweets. If he can use his twitter wisely and perhaps in his case, have someone review his work and weigh the pros and cons of his tweets, then I do believe its a good way of spreading news directly from the source rather than going through the media. If Donald Trumps twitter gets hacked, however, and someone writes something that could cause war, we could also be in a lot of trouble. If you are in a high profile job for our country then those people should be subject to more enhanced security on their social media. Conor Friedersdorf from the Atlantic suggested that his tweets be posted to a queue. Rather than Trumps tweets being posted instantly, the tweets should go to another official, perhaps White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Whenever Trump posts a tweet she will be notified “can you verify this tweet.” Once she authenticates his tweets the tweet will be posted as normal. Imagine having to validate alllllll those tweets though lol? Reince Preibus would probably rip out her hair.

  15. This blog post was very comical haha! I think we all can agree that Trump goes too far with his tweeting. Maybe they will slow down now that he is officially the president. If he has time to tweet like that now then we are in trouble lol. But on another note, I do like some of his tweets. If he can use his twitter wisely and perhaps in his case, have someone review his work and weigh the pros and cons of his tweets, then I do believe its a good way of spreading news directly from the source rather than going through the media. If Donald Trumps twitter gets hacked, however, and someone writes something that could cause war, we could also be in a lot of trouble. If you are in a high profile job for our country then those people should be subject to more enhanced security on their social media. Conor Friedersdorf from the Atlantic suggested that his tweets be posted to a queue. Rather than Trumps tweets being posted instantly, the tweets should go to another official, perhaps White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Whenever Trump posts a tweet she will be notified “can you verify this tweet.” Once she authenticates his tweets the tweet will be posted as normal. Imagine having to validate alllllll those tweets though lol? Reince Preibus would probably rip out her hair.

  16. Morrisa Rogers says:

    So long to the title “elect” we now officially have President Trump. It is quite interesting to see the “hobbies” of past presidents listed in succession. And, even more interesting to compare them with the activities of this current president. I was aware of most of the presidents favorite pastimes, but I had not appreciated the impact on their presidential duties from an insider’s perspective. All things considered, I think it would be thought-provoking to gain an understanding of how beneficial each of the presidents would say their hobbies were to their presidency.

    The role of the president has an extensive job description that not only includes responsibility for the three branches of government but also the overall responsibility for the country. It is therefore understandable, in my opinion, that the ideas of “self-care” and “mindfulness” would be important practices for the Commander-in-chief to utilize. An important aspect of Mindfulness is taking time for self to do the things you enjoy. It is for this reason that I can imagine each past president has found his “personal calling” and utilized it as an outlet for stress or even during times of important decision making.

    With this premise, can I call President Trump’s tweeting a hobby? Probably not. however, it could be a method of stress relief, even if it is not considered an appropriate presidential outlet. But then again, this election cycle has been anything but typical, and I would predict that as the times change so will the presidential activities.

  17. Erica DeVane says:

    Effective and appropriate communication is a cornerstone of any approach to great leadership. It is necessary that a leader master the art of public speaking as everything they say is intently heard. Outside of known public speaking engagements, leaders must always be prepared to speak. Lincoln often used extemporaneous speaking as his avenue to the public. If Trump’s tweeting can be considered extemporaneous, it can be said that he successfully utilized this platform as Trump has given his tweeting much credit for his winning the White House. Trump’s tweeting did not aim high. Instead he aimed lower and connected with the common people. There are times, however, when you should simply not speak. Trump has previously said his tweeting would be ‘very restrained’ while in the Oval Office. As President, his tweeting, if he continues to use the platform during his presidency, should be directed towards promoting his vision and direction, and justifying the actions he takes.

  18. Nancy Sanders says:

    Man, this is hard to discuss – but I’m going to try even though there are LOTS of other topics on the page that I could respond to! I don’t have a Twitter account. I don’t need a Twitter account. The folks that are even remotely interested in what I am doing – already know. Quite honestly, I do not care what his take on SNL is. It is spot on, we all know, he knows. Perhaps it wouldn’t be an accurate portrayal if he stopped banging on his high-chair long enough to realize that he is now in a position of power that requires him to at least pretend to know how to run a country. The incessant ranting and boohooing has got to stop. He is becoming a cartoon. I’m sure all of his toadies are cheering him on, but what he and they are failing to realize is that the more he lashes out, the less opportunity he has to prove to those of us that don’t support him that maybe his time in office won’t be so bad. So far, not so much. I suppose that my being a non-supporter should lend itself to me not being shocked by his behavior – but oddly enough it doesn’t. He lacks tact, self-awareness, self-control, respect for anyone, restraint, good manners, and common decency. These are not traits to lack when you tweet to the world, or gosh, when you’re the president. The newly-minted “alternative facts” option should be a good way for him to explain what he does going forward.

    I fluctuate wildly between anger, embarrassment, and incredulity. At least in many of the presidencies that you referenced, we as a nation were not given a behavior play by play (in real time) and much of discussion regarding “hobbies” is not passed down in history books. I suppose that line of gratitude wrongly supports ignorance being bliss.

    I tried extremely hard not to watch TV coverage and limit my access to a Facebook news feed on Inauguration Day. I did unfortunately see a clip of him on stage asking the audience if he should keep the Twitter account active. This question was met with thunderous applause. I guess that is a ‘yes’ and those of us that cringe at the thought that this will continue are just liberal crybabies that need to get over it. I am secretly hoping that they too tire of his relentless preoccupation with himself.

    Do we dare talk about that fact that he silenced the Twitter account of the National Parks Service for reporting how low the crowd numbers for the inauguration were? Supposedly, after a public Twitter apology and retraining, they were allowed to resume the use of the account. Fake news?

  19. Elizabeth McLean says:

    Two days into Trump’s presidency, his personal Twitter account is still active and showing no signs of slowing down. There has been a strong trend for political figures (mayors, governors, etc.) to engage with their constituents on social media platforms. In certain situations like the northeastern snowstorms where mayors shoveled paths through the snow, Twitter can be a great tool for citizen engagement and encourage a quick conversation between someone you don’t often get to interact with.

    However, Trump is not utilizing the platform in a positive way. His tweets are often antagonistic and/or nonsensical. His Twitter/trigger finger fires off his every thought without taking the time to consider how the tweet will reflect upon the presidency and the United States. As someone else noted, the chaotic nature of his Twitter feed cannot endure long-term.

    The social media landscape that has already become oversaturated with news stories about Trump, his administration, and the former administration. As he continues to tweet from the Oval Office, I hope he begins to rein in the asinine comments and begin valuing quality over quantity.

  20. Amber Grant says:

    I took in pleasure into reading this post especially since I’ve talked about Trump’s tweeting. I laughed a few times while reading. The main question of the this post , if Trump’s tweeting is a good thing, has a simple answer, NO! Trump’s tweeting is nothing more than a distraction to what’s really going on. Trump is diverting everyone’s attention to him so that everyone won’t focus on the person’s that will be placed in positions such as the Supreme Court and offices in the White House.

    Trump should probably stop tweeting all together. He always feels that the media is spreading lies and is out to get him. He didn’t feel that way when he was attacking Hillary and President Obama for information that came from the media. Being the President of the United States comes with criticisms and the President can’t always express his/her feelings and opinions. Trump has already shown that he can’t keep his cool from making ridiculous accusations to being rude during the presidential debates. Trump is too sensitive to opinions and accusations that all presidents face so for his sanity he just needs to stop tweeting. Forever!

  21. Leroy R. Trower says:

    I think this blog about Trump tweeting was very amusing. At least he is using all avenues of communication. It also shows us that Trump has a lot of time on his hands. This shows us whats important to him and whats not. If he has time to tweet all the time, who is taking care of the country? I guess he will tweet what he cannot say to the public on television at a press conference. Someone else brought up a great point. He is not really focusing all of his attention on the affairs of the country. This is kind of a diversion. Everyone puts their attention on the tweets and not on the crazy decisions that he is making. This is also a way for him to throw darts and criticize people over the world wide web. As the President of the United States, he should think about the effects that he have on people by the things that he tweets. He is not concern with people feelings or how what he says affect others. I believe that he needs to stop tweeting, and be about the affairs of the country. I sometimes wonder what happens when he gets deragatory tweets back to him? Does this divert his attention off of the things that he must be concerned with?

  22. rlgrblog says:

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with our past president’s to enjoy life they way their hearts desire. But, because president is the highest most important job on the planet we(citizens) place more emphasis as to what behaviors are tolerable or intolerable. Personally, I think that social media is a wonderful tool when used properly: to connect with past relationships, to stay informed about world events that we would otherwise never know of but when the top leader tweets demeaning tweets about citizens that he will have to represent it becomes a bit messy. My biggest concern is that the tweeting that he engages in will place America in a very terrible place as far as our relationships with other countries and put a distaste about America. And possibility place us in a war with the wrong tweet. So, there is nothing wrong with tweeting but there is a requirement that we place on our President’s and that is to be decent and respectable in when its harder…that’s what you called diplomatic.

  23. Nathan Daley says:

    President Trump is not a traditional president that people are accustomed to. He doesn’t fit into everyone’s expectation of what they believe a president should be doing. I actually love the fact that he tweets. I really enjoy when he goes on social media and speaks his mind. It provides a different form of communication that no one is use to experiencing. With the advancements in technology, people should expect more creative ways to communicate. I personally like that he is on social media, it creates a sense of realism. I feel more connected to a president that can still act normal. He is completely unfiltered and unbothered. President Trump is like the bad boy of politics. He made it into the white house being himself and I respect that. He doesn’t back down to people because he is the president or because he has to be the bigger person. If people would leave him alone, then he would probably never say anything about him. People expect that because he is the president he can’t respond to the insults and disrespectful things are being said. I think they are wrong and I would do the same thing. I can appreciate his candor, but like everything in life we have to pick our battles. I do understand why people are concerned about the tweeting, but at the same time I think they are over reacting. The nation isn’t going to fall apart because he checked his social media to post a comment. People are hyper sensitive these days.

  24. Molly Giddens says:

    I do not agree with the schoolyard name calling. It seems more as a sign of ignorance honestly, but who am I preaching too? Although it seems very unfitting for a president to tweet, he definitely took advantage of campaigning to the masses. Through tweeting, Trump created a “free” and massively popular campaign. By even stirring the pot a little (or rather a lot), he stayed in the limelight constantly gaining our attention. Through the use of twitter, he amassed a large audience. I think this may all be part of his overall strategy rather than dumb luck. No other candidate pursued the path of social media in the manner that Trump approached. Maybe the swing vote came from the majority of those voters who used social media as the vehicle to make their decision.

    As outlandish as Trump may act, I do think he is very calculated in all his decisions, rather good or bad those decisions may be.

  25. Tayo Sowemimo says:

    The President can tweet all he wants, but the consequences are becoming obvious, unprecedented approval ratings for a young presidency, an image of chaos and unforced errors. During the campaign it can be argued it worked, after all he won the election, but then the elections are over, it is now time for governing; an impulsive, not well thought out messages, and occasional typographical error sent out by the occupier of the most powerful office in the world is simply not good enough. There is an official twitter handle for POTUS, this can be handled by a White House staff, and this can be used to promote this administration’s policies, any arrangement short of this, will not serve the Trump presidency well.

  26. Yvonne S says:

    I think conservatives, moderates and liberals can all agree that his tweeting can be excessive and may pose threats to our national security. Many can agree that they are used to his tweeting by now and have come to see it as his unique approach to being the Commander in Chief. He also gets to bypass the liberal media he has a huge disdain for and speaks directly to the people , straight no chaser. It is my concern that his tweets can come back to haunt him as they have and are often done in haste and out of sheer emotion. Some may see this as weak and use it to their advantage to provoke him. As much as he dislikes the media. It was the media that covered his campaign non-stop and helped him to win the election. I think he uses the media to his advantage, while calling them out in the process.

  27. lauren harrell says:

    While I give the President kudos for connecting with a large subset of America who is addicted to social media – I feel unease about our President spending vast amounts of time tweeting…and often tweeting incredible ridiculousness while he is doing it. Often, I do feel that it is his way of thumbing his nose, or even giving his middle finger, to the media. He has obvious issues with the way news is given, especially on the more biased channels, and he can get things off of his chest in an instant with a tweet. However, if the question remains “Is it a good thing?” I would have to say no. I feel like it takes away from the issues that REALLY matter in our society today. I feel like it creates hate and ill will. I feel like as a President he should hold some of his opinions to himself, especially if they are in relation to someone’s physical characteristics. As President of the United States, I have expectations of professionalism that I just don’t see when I gets into Tweet Wars.

    LH

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